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I am currently reading mostly gay romance, mysteries, science fiction, etc.

Currently reading

The Soldier's Scoundrel
Cat Sebastian
Brobots
Trevor Barton
Dark Space
Lisa Henry

Artifice by Alex Woolfson and Winona Nelson

Artifice - Alex Woolfson, Winona Nelson

Artifice is a webcomic found here: http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/artifice-page-1/.  It is complete at 88 pages, and author's notes clarify the ending and answer some other questions.

 

It is beautifully drawn and the story is gripping.  However, the world it is set in is beyond grim - pretty much the definition of a Crapsack World (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CrapsackWorld)

 

The story begins with Deacon, an android soldier, on a mission with his brethren to kill a lot of people - apparently civilians who know too much.  This is Deacon:

 

 

 

I say he is a soldier because he dresses and acts like one, but apparently he and his cohort are actually the property of a powerful corporation.  Deacon runs into Jeff, who is an outcast among the (now dead) colonists because he is gay. This is Jeff:

 

 

These events are told through flashback, as Deacon is debriefed by the clever and ruthless Dr. Maven, who is trying to find out why the mission went so horribly wrong and what, if anything, is worth salvaging in the malfunctioning Deacon.

 

Dr. Maven:

 

 

Jeff is a prisoner of the corporation, if he isn't already dead, and Dr. Maven has the codeword to control Deacon and is strongly hinting he will be scrapped as soon as she is done questioning him.  

 

This is a romance, and the Deacon and Jeff do survive and end up together.  I can't really call it a happy ending, since they are still stuck in this reality.

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